Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing
We are in curious times for Nebraska football at the moment. Things are generally not as bad as they seem. However, there is a lot of doom and gloom right now hanging over Nebraska’s program. I can’t say it is completely unfounded. The Huskers are 1-2 in the last three games. The average margin of defeat in those two losses: 34 points. Nebraska has scored just 24 points in the last three games combined.
While Coach Scott Frost and his staff are rebuilding the program, bumps in the road are going to happen. Yet, it’s not supposed to look like that.
Meanwhile, since the Ohio State game on Sept. 28, Nebraska has four commitments.
So, on one hand there are numerous issues on the field that need to be worked out. There just isn’t a way around that. The bye week has been used by the team to recharge, relax and refocus. We in the media have dissected different issues as fan frustration has begun to bubble up.
All that is what makes the final five regular season games of the 2019 season so critical. Finish this season on an upswing and the last few games become a speed bump on the way to improvement. Limp your way to the end and some tough questions will need to be addressed during the offseason.
The Huskers have three more home games that will be key in building out the 2020 recruiting class. The class currently sits at 14 commits. There are some talented members of the class but more are needed. Particularly at linebacker where Nebraska is off to a good start with Blaise Gunnerson and Rodney Groce. Landing additional top linebacker targets will alter how people ultimately feel about this class.
The other big question that will be answered down the stretch is if Nebraska can add more size to its wide receiver room. How differently will you feel about the 2020 Nebraska offense if junior college wide receiver Omar Manning and/or Georgia commit Justin Robinson are on the team along with Bellevue West superstar Zavier Betts?
The base of the class is in place. Now is the time for Nebraska to go on a run like it did last year to finish strong both on and off the field. The program had a lot of momentum heading into the season that needs to be recaptured. There are a number of top targets on the board.
It’s time to close.
>> Bellevue West athlete Keegan Johnson is enjoying a tremendous junior season. He picked up an offer from North Dakota State this weekend.
— keagan johnson (@_keaganj) October 19, 2019
>> One of Nebraska top linebacker targets, Caleb McCullough, chose Arizona State on Friday.
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— Caleb McCullough (@C_McCullough22) October 18, 2019
>> Nebraska made the top 12 for speedy 2021 wide out Troy Stellato.
— Troy Stellato (@troystellato) October 20, 2019
>> Nebraska’s didn’t play this week so our staff became fans of one team each and wrote about our experiences.
>> It’s been four long years since Scott Frost last had a traditional bye week. Erin Sorensen took a look at what has transpired in that time.
>> I took a look at whether or not priorities are shifting (Premium) in Nebraska recruiting.
>> It’s time to revisit our staff projected over/under lines from before the season.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.